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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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79 reader reviews for Volkswagen Passat Estate.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    George Weeks , Lancashire . Date: 07/11/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car several months ago and have done over 3500 miles. On long trips I average 46 - 48 mpg, but at constant 60 mph it does considerably more.

    I got it with lots of bells and whistles added, one of which was a self closing tailgate. Initially I had many occasions when the tail gate refused to close and only considerable 'playing about' got it to do so. After two visits to the dealer, who was unable to locate the problem, they told me that I could close it manually. This helped a great deal. After experimenting, I think the problem was caused by quickly double clicking the key button to open all doors. If I allow it to open the driver's door, wait until the noise stops and then press again to open the other doors (making sure that you hear a distinct clunk, otherwise they haven't opened and it all goes to pot)the thing will work fine.

    Overall it is a good car, comfortable, spacious, large boot, a pleasure to drive and especially good on motorways. One small niggle is the hesitation when you try to accelerate from stationary, then it goes off like a bat out of hell. Overall I would recommend it.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Alex Tear , Surrey . Date: 30/10/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought the 2.0 TDI from a VW dealer with 10,000 miles on the clock, having done lots of research and looked at the alternatives. I've had the car 3 weeks now and on first impressions it doesn't disappoint. My previous car was a 1.6 Golf and driving the 2.0 TDI you immediately feel the difference in both torque and acceleration. It's got enough poke to comfortably overtake on motorways and still has some to spare which gives you confidence. The 6th gear is also impressive and lowers the rev counter which means you can set the cruise control and feel smug as the car starts to return 60mpg. Engine aside, what really impresses most is the cabin interior with the high level of equipment which comes as standard on the SE. The electronic parking brake takes some getting used to and the cruise control is great for long journeys. Leg space good be better though, I find myself knocking my knees on the car's central fascia. The seats are comfortable and give a good view of the road although the car does feel very long compared to the Golf and often sticks out of a standard parking space, leaving you slightly anxious that someone will knock it . The size of the boot really is massive and dwarfs the Audi. Overall, if you need a family car, don't want to drive an MPV and still give the neighbours something to think about, the VW should be a serious consideration. Recommended.

  • 1.9 TDI SE 5dr

    neil lawson , merseyside . Date: 29/10/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I took ownership in May 2006 of my 1.9tdi estate, at first I was made up with it but within three weeks the problems started! A clunking noise appeared from the front nearside and when the car was booked into my local VW Dealer they said it was a CV gaiter and they simply put some grease on it.Surprise! as soon as I got it back the noise was still there! To cut along story short it was the whole steering rack that needed replacing!

    The service I received was pathetic which left me driving around in a car with a defective steering rack( which took 5 weeks to fix),anyway that was that. Afew weeks later whilst out and about I stopped the car and got out, went to lock the car and nothing? all the ignition had totally gone awol and the car was parralised especially with the elctronic handbrake. It took the AA about half an hour to get it started and to the nearest VW Dealer.

    When I picked the car up no reason was given as usual.

    Today the same thing happened again just as I was sarting a trip from Teeside to Liverpool! so remembering what the AA done I managed to get it going! My opinion the car is good in style ,space etc but absolutley diabollicle in quality! The only good thing is the car is on a lease so Ive only got it for another two years!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 5dr

    Christof Baer , Kent . Date: 20/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Overall I am pleased with this car (I took delivery at the end of June), however it is also suffering from the annoying squeaks, rattles and vibrations.

    It has a comfortable ride, it's refined and quiet, in particular on motorways and A-roads. It corners well, too. All in all, it has a quality look and feel interior, with nice velour seats. It's stylish to look at, has quality switches and surfaces, and a lovely leather steering wheel. The interior is intuitive to use. It has a powerful engine, it's easy to drive, in particular as a motorway cruiser. It's spacious and has great equipment.

    However, there have been annoying rattles and squeaks from day one, on both sides behind the driver (optional rear air bags or boot) reacting to up and down movement. There's another in the dashboard reacting to acceleration and deceleration, and vibration in the interior when accelerating in high gear. That is unacceptable and lets the otherwise great car down. I had a Ford Focus estate for four years before and I did not have one squeak or rattle after four years!

    The dealerships I dealt with are appalling - the dealer ordered the wrong phone system so had to buy a new phone for me in the end. It took two months to establish their fault, and customer service responsiveness was very poor. Also, they supplied the vehicle with a one-inch long fibre pulled from the rear seats. Another dealer is incapable of fixing the squeaks and rattles. Finally, the automatic light is a bit random.

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